20 years is a long time in the music industry. Plenty of popular musicians change bands, change styles, or change mediums. For smaller bands that toured pretty constantly, the threat of growing tired of each other constantly looms, and many crack under the pressure until there is a notice put up on a website informing us that they are splitting up. While the latter did plague Missouri emo stalwarts, The Get Up Kids, it was to be short lived, and so we find ourselves celebrating their platinum anniversary, with much deserved fanfare in a fitting venue. Continue reading →
Missouri alt-rockers The Get Up Kids bring their 20th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. The “second wave emo” band released five studio LPs over its 20 year career, most notably their 1999 Vagrant Records debut Something to Write Home About. They toured with Weezer and Green Day and count Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Hellogoodbye as fans. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show with Rozwell Kid and Into It. Over It. can be found here. Listen to “I’ll Catch You” from their 1999 record below.
Raphael Cutrufello, better known by his moniker Hezekiah Jones, has been steadily growing a devout following in the Philly are and beyond in the last decade. Recently, we at The Key were lucky enough to have Jones and his band mates into the studio to play some tracks from their brand new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. Tonight is the album’s official release party at The Ardmore Music Hall with special guests the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Lauryn Peacock. For more information on the record release show tonight, click here. Continue reading →
The Greek philospoher Plato had this idea he called the “Philosopher King.” Essentially, a philosopher would make an ideal ruler because of their commitment to a vision—to a cause. Tuesday night in Chinatown, I hailed my philosopher king. Clad in black sweatpants and sweatshirt rather than a toga, Kendrick Lamar waxed philosophical writ large, performing his stunning 2015 record To Pimp a Butterfly almost in its entirety. Continue reading →
Some mosh pits are sloppy, some mosh pits are scary, but some mosh pits are just pure joy – and the one that broke out at the Dead Milkmen’s Halloween-eve set at the Troc was absolutely the latter.
Rodney Anonymous fitfully weaved his way around the stage with all the energy of his high school self, shouting along with the cheering painted faces below him – equal parts millennial vampires and greying punk zombies. Continue reading →
The last time the Growlers were in town, they sold out Johnny Brenda’s. Tonight, they’re playing at Union Transfer, and it is sure to be a fun show. The “beach goth” five-piece, who is known for blending surf guitar reverb with ’80s post-punk, released their fifth studio album, Chinese Fountain, last month. Get tickets and more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
After making a huge splash at all the summer festivals they played (and there were a lot of them), Nashville rockers Bully headed out on a solo tour that brings them to Boot and Saddle tonight. Their debut LP Feels Like dropped on Colombia Records this summer, and their music is loud and gritty guitar rock (the best kind of guitar rock). More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to Feels Like below. Continue reading →
Tonight, AfroTaino productions and World Cafe’s Latin Roots Live concert series join forces to present Nuevofest at The Trocadero. Seven bands with roots in Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic an the U.S. will perform, from El Salvador ska six-piece Adhesivo to Trenton hip-hop duo Agudos Clef. The 21+ show is free, but you have to RSVP here. Watch a video for “Las Moskas” by Adhesivo below and download a four-song Nuevofest sampler here. Continue reading →